IVF success rates have improved dramatically in the past few years, because the technology has become progressively better.

However, one thing IVF teaches doctors very quickly is a lot of humility. This is because we still have no way of being able to predict what is going to happen to an individual egg; an individual embryo; and an individual patient.

While we know that about 40% of eggs will become blastocysts in a young woman, we cannot predict which egg will develop into a blast, and which will arrest, even though they look identical at the time of retrieval.

Similarly, we cannot predict which will blastocyst will implant; and whether or not a patient will get pregnant in that particular cycle.

This uncertainty can be frustrating - both for patients and for doctors, because patients expect definitive outcomes. They want a baby, since they have paid so much for their treatment !

Sadly, this is still something which we can provide, because the process of embryo implantation is not in our control.

All we can do is try and educate patients , so they have realistic expectations, rather than give them false hopes and lure them into signing up for treatment by making tall claims !

Well informed patients are better able to cope with the IVF emotional roller-coaster ride. More importantly , they have peace of mind that they were given top quality medical treatment, no matter what the final outcome!


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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.
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